Strokes don’t always look the same in men and women. Although women may have some or all of the classic symptoms recognized as being due to stroke, they may have other symptoms that make it less obvious they’re having a stroke.
Some of the most commonly recognized stroke symptoms include weakness in one arm or on one side of the body and/or drooping facial muscles. If you’re a woman, you may experience more subtle symptoms that might not seem serious and may not make it obvious you’re having a stroke. Unfortunately, if you overlook your symptoms and don’t get immediate medical care, you may be more likely to suffer serious health complications or even die as a result of a stroke.
In addition to weakness on one side of the body and drooping facial muscles, common stroke symptoms for both men and women include:
If you’re a woman, you may or may not experience these classic stroke symptoms. These are other symptoms you may have:
Biology may be the reason men and women experience stroke in different ways. Female hormones and differences in the cerebral arteries that carry blood to the brain could be to blame, according to an article in the journal Neuroepidemiology.
Stroke Risk Factors
The primary risk factor for stroke in both men and women is high blood pressure. High blood pressure weakens your arteries, making them more likely to burst. Your risk of blood clots also increases as your blood pressure rises. Blood clots can clog the arteries in the brain, triggering a stroke. Stroke risk also increases with age, and women tend to live longer than men. Additionally, women have unique risk factors. These include:
Ignoring stroke signs and symptoms could put your life in jeopardy. If you have any possible signs of stroke, don’t assume they’re minor and will soon go away. Call 911 immediately. The sooner you receive medical treatment, the less likely you’ll experience serious or permanent stroke complications.
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